Updated at: 2022-02-22 GMT+08:00

Advantages

In the cloud computing era, a large number of enterprises host their services on the clouds. However, cloud technologies have their own limits, and CIOs are trying their best to avoid cloud service failures. One of the most effective solutions is to deploy services on multiple clouds (including public and private clouds) for disaster recovery. This solution can address the following requirements of enterprises in single-cloud scenarios:

  • Avoid vendor lock-in and enhance enterprises' business flexibility.
  • Provide multi-cloud DR to quickly cope with single point of failure (SPOF) in the cloud.
  • Intelligently balance service traffic loads to cope with the impact of traffic spikes.
  • Deploy services across regions, achieving region-based service access and improving performance.

Among various multi-cloud/hybrid-cloud solutions, the combination of multi-cloud/hybrid-cloud and containers is a better choice. HUAWEI CLOUD MCP is developed to address the preceding requirements. Compared with traditional multi & hybrid cloud solutions, MCP has the following advantages:

  • Unified container technology standard: Applications can be flexibly migrated among multiple clusters across clouds, without worrying about the dependency on the environment.
  • Scaling within seconds: Enterprises do not need to maintain additional resources for multi & hybrid cloud solutions and therefore extra investment is not required.
  • Lightweight technology solution: Enterprises can build and maintain their cloud services easily, without paying attention to a large number of infrastructure problems.

Networking

MCP provides three types of networking solutions: hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud, and multi-region. You can add HUAWEI CLOUD CCE clusters, Kubernetes clusters of other public clouds (such as Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud), and on-premises Kubernetes clusters to MCP for unified management.

Hybrid cloud solution: MCP manages HUAWEI CLOUD CCE clusters and Kubernetes clusters in on-premises data centers in a unified manner.

This solution has the following characteristics:

  • Unified management on the cloud: Resources, applications, and networks are managed on the public cloud in a unified manner.
  • Application scaling on the cloud: The private cloud clusters are used as fixed resources, and the public cloud clusters are used as backups. When a traffic spike occurs, a part of the traffic can be quickly redirected to cloud clusters.
  • Decoupling of data storage and service processing: Core data is stored in on-premises clusters, and applications run on cloud clusters.
  • Smooth service migration: Services are gradually migrated to the public cloud to maximize the utilization of physical computing resources.
Figure 1 How the hybrid cloud solution works

Multi-cloud solution: MCP manages HUAWEI CLOUD CCE clusters and Kubernetes clusters of other cloud service providers (such as Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud) in a unified manner.

This solution has the following characteristics:

  • Unified management: Resources, applications, and networks are managed in a unified manner.
  • Scalability: Higher horizontal scalability provides more capacity than a single cluster.
  • Intelligent routing: Clusters are distributed in different regions, and requests are forwarded from a geographically closer cloud, which in turn reduces network latency caused by cross-region access.
  • Multi-cloud DR: The same applications are deployed in clusters of different cloud service providers to implement disaster recovery.
Figure 2 How the multi-cloud solution works

Multi-region solution: MCP manages CCE clusters in the same or different VPCs or regions of HUAWEI CLOUD in a unified manner.

This solution has the following characteristics:

  • Unified management: Resources, applications, and networks are managed in a unified manner.
  • Scalability: Higher horizontal scalability provides more capacity than a single cluster.
  • Intelligent routing: Clusters are distributed in different regions, and requests are forwarded from a geographically closer cloud, which in turn reduces network latency caused by cross-region access.
  • Multi-region DR: The same applications are deployed in clusters across different regions of HUAWEI CLOUD to implement disaster recovery.
Figure 3 How the multi-region solution works
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